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Cervical Cancer: Some Key Statistics

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007, approximately 9,700 women will develop cervical cancer, resulting in about 3,700 deaths. Some researchers estimate that non-invasive cervical cancer (carcinoma in situ) is about four times more common than invasive cervical cancer.

Some key statistics concerning cervical cancer:

  • Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for American women.
  • Between 1955 and 1992, the number of cervical cancer deaths in the United States dropped by 74%, mainly because of the increased use of the Pap test.
  • Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife. Half of women diagnosed with this cancer are between the ages of 35 and 55. It rarely occurs in women younger than 20.
  • Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet remains the world’s second leading cause of cancer deaths in women
  • The 5-year relative survival rate for the earliest stage of invasive cervical cancer is 92%. The overall (all stages combined) 5-year survival rate for cervical cancer is about 72%.

What is the connection between Genital HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer?

  • HPV is a common virus which infects about half of all people at some point in their lives.
  • Approximately 80% of women will become infected with HPV by the age of 50.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 20 million Americans are infected with HPV each year. Of the estimated 20 million Americans infected, almost half are between the ages of 15 and 24.
  • While in many cases HPV does not have any symptoms and clears on its own, that is not always the case. Certain high risk types of HPV can cause cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer malpractice claims frequently arise from errors interpreting PAP smears and from errors in interpreting biopsies of the cervix. In addition, many cases arise because gynecologists fail to properly follow and treat pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions. The Pittsburgh law firm of Rosen Louik & Perry has represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases involving failure to timely and properly diagnose cervical cancer. If you or someone you know believes they have been the victim of medical malpractice. the Pittsburgh law firm Rosen Louik & Perry of law for a FREE consultation. We are a firm who have dedicated our careers to holding medical professionals responsible for their mistakes with the goal of improving the health care system.

Resource Links:

CDC (Center for Disease Control)
American Cancer Society